Press Release: Aya Healthcare Announces a $50,000 Investment in Future Leaders in Medicine Scholarship, in Collaboration with National Medical Fellowships

August 16, 2023 | Aya Media Buzz , Press Releases

Aya Healthcare, the nation’s largest healthcare talent software and staffing company, today announced the Future Leaders in Medicine Scholarship in partnership with National Medical Fellowships, Inc. (NMF), a nonprofit providing scholarships, service-learning programs, mentorship and clinical research leadership training for chronically marginalized students of medicine, behavioral health and related health professions. This initiative will grant $10,000 to five exceptional students currently enrolled in medical programs, to support their journey towards becoming leaders in healthcare.

The scholarship program, a collaboration between NMF and Aya’s Provider Services Division – which includes Aya Locums, a premier locum tenens agency, and advanced workforce platforms for health systems that deliver permanent staff hiring, vendor management, float pool technology and predictive analytics – underscores Aya’s dedication to cultivating diversity and innovation within the healthcare industry.

“As we face a provider shortage, we’re proud to collaborate with National Medical Fellowships to support this industry and create a stronger, more inclusive healthcare workforce,” said Rhianna Watson, associate vice president of recruitment for Aya Locums. “This scholarship is in honor of our dedicated locum providers who work in communities with great need.”

The Aya Locums Future Leaders in Medicine Scholarship is open to students across the U.S. enrolled in various degree programs, including those aspiring to become doctors of medicine and osteopathic medicine (M.D. and D.O.), as well as those pursuing a graduate-level nurse practitioner, certified registered nurse anesthetist or physician assistant degree. This initiative serves to reinforce Aya Locums’ unwavering commitment to empowering future medical professionals and cultivating a more resilient and inclusive healthcare environment. 

NMF President and CEO Michellene Davis Esq. said, “This investment from Aya Locums is an important first step towards advancing diversity and excellence in healthcare. Our shared focus on empowering chronically underrepresented individuals has borne fruit in the Aya Locums Future Leaders in Medicine Scholarship and we hope this program will make a long and lasting impact.” 

For more information about the Aya Locums Future Leaders in Medicine Scholarship, visit

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